So, last night, around 2:30, Dovis and Lukas had to leave our own personal party early because they were leaving bright and early in the morning with Dovis' brother to go skiing about 2 hours northwest of Valencia. I was telling Lukas how jealous I was when he mentioned that there was an extra spot for someone if I wanted to join. "I wish I could! I have no ski clothes here, though." Hah. Jazmín to the rescue. She began to tell me about all the ski clothes she has and that I could absolutely borrow them, no doubt about it. Unbelievable. I had been talking all semester about how badly I wanted to go skiing while I was here, but I never in a million years imagined that I would have the chance. Well, like I've said so many times before, the Lord is presenting me with incredible opportunities every day. ¡Aprovecharé cada experiencia!
After all the plans were made, I left with Lukas and Dovis. We dropped Lukas off, stopped at my house to get my stuff, then I went home with Dovis to his parents' house to spend the night so that we could save time in the morning. He lives about 20 minutes outside of the city. When we got there, I was expecting to sleep on the sofa in the living room, but sweet, sweet Dovis, like all of my sweet Spanish friends, gave me his room while he took the sofa. By the time I fell asleep, it was 3:30.
I woke up at 6:30, got dressed and ready, and went into the kitchen to find Dovis. But there was a glitch in our plan. Dovis' brother woke up this morning feeling sick and couldn't go. No more ski day for us. Dovis called Lukas and broke the news to him. We were all really disappointed. Dovis fixed me breakfast... Colacao and a pastry. Yum.
Just as I was starting to make other plans in my head for the day, Dovis and his parents, Juan and Laura, came into the kitchen. Another change of plans. We were, after all, going. Dovis' parents were going with us! They didn't want Dovis to be the driver because he'd just gotten his license - the age is much later here in Spain. By the way, his parents (his whole family for that matter) are absolutely incredible. They served me MORE breakfast, insistently, and while they prepared everything, they would not let me help but instead led me to the living room and made me lay down and rest because we hadn't gotten much sleep last night. Jazmín's phone was off, and so Dovis lent me a pair of his old bibs. Perfect.
We finally left around 8:30, went to pick up Lukas, and then hit the road. It was about a 2 hour drive to Teruel, the province where we skied. On the way, I became fast friends with Dovis' mother, Laura.
We talked alot about our faith (they are amazing Christians) and other things. She's amazing. His father, as well. I LOVE them. They are so amiable and giving and just so great. When we finally got there, we got ourselves ready, and then went to buy our lift ticket and rent boots and skis and poles. We had a little bit of an issue renting, because I didn't have my passport with me, and for a second it looked like we weren't going to be able to ski. But finally, like every other time a glitch came, it worked out. In total, I spent 47 euros. Amazing. And Dovis' parents didn't actually ski with us - they went to the nearby pueblo to spend some time together. Sweethearts.
The slopes were awesome - It had been snowing all night, and it was still snowing while we were there.
It was pretty cold, but still awesome. The three of us - Lukas, me, and Dovis - skied together for a while.
Dovis had only skied once before, and wanted to take it slow,
so after a bit, Lukas and I went off to some of the more challenging slopes. It wasn't a huge place, so we skied the same slopes most of the day, but it was still SO much fun and absolutely worth it!!
At 4:30, we met Dovis' parents at the bottom of the mountain, returned our skis, and hit the road at 5:00. His sweet mom had prepared so much food (bocadillos, fruit, etc.) for us, and by that time, we were starving. On the way home, we thawed and ate and Laura and I talked the whole way, again.
They dropped me off at my house around 7:00. Since then, I've just been hanging out with Lindsey and Miguel (our parents are on another romantic getaway :) I also skyped my precious friend and future roomie Natalie for a full hour... it was the best!
Ugh... Can you believe that I actually went skiing today, and now I'm a 20 minute walk from the gorgeous beaches of Valenca?!? I love it!!! Tomorrow, I think I might go to the church that Dovis and his family go to, in la calle Sueca. It's about a 15 minute walk from my house, which is pretty awesome. We shall see!
Una esquiadora contenta,